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  1. Corey Hart takes outdoor batting practice, nearing return

    Apr 14, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

    Corey Hart

    Brewers outfielder Corey Hart opened the season on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and manager Ron Roenicke said at the time that there was no timetable for his return. Now, about two weeks later, that has changed. From MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy comes word that Hart was able to take live batting practice…

  2. Manuel: Chase Utley is “slowly getting better”

    Apr 14, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

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    Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is finally beginning to show signs of progress in his ongoing recovery from right knee tendinitis. According to Dave Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, Utley has been cleared to start a running program and did some light jogging on Wednesday without feeling any abnormal discomfort in his knee. Phillies…

  3. Three top Yankees prospects land on disabled list

    Apr 14, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Catcher Gary Sanchez, right-hander Dellin Betances (pictured) and left-hander Manny Banuelos have all gone on the DL’s for their respective minor league teams, The LoHud Yankees blog reports. Those three players were ranked second, third and fourth respectively on Baseball America’s Top 10 Yankees prospects list behind Jesus Montero. Both pitchers have gone on the…

  4. Boof Bonser scheduled for Tommy John surgery

    Apr 14, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Boof Bonser, who was pitching for Triple-A Buffalo after failing to make the Mets out of spring training, will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season. It’ll be the second lost year in the last three for Bonser, who missed 2009 after shoulder surgery.  He returned to pitch 25 innings for…

  5. Adam Kennedy is the Mariners’ designated hitter and batting cleanup tonight (seriously)

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Last season the Mariners ranked dead last in baseball with 513 runs, which was 74 runs fewer than the 29th-ranked Pirates and a historically inept total. They’ve been slightly better so far this year, ranking 24th in scoring, but their lineup for tonight’s game against the Royals might be more embarrassing than anything that happened…

  6. Velocity loss leads to disabled list stint for Robinson Tejeda

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Earlier this week the Royals stripped Robinson Tejeda of his setup duties following some ugly outings and a disturbing loss of velocity. Not surprisingly, today they placed him on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. While certainly not a good thing, the fact that they’ve identified an actual cause of the lost velocity and…

  7. UPDATE: Ryan Madson and his wife clarify the “I hate the fans” thing

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Wonder woman

    UPDATE:  The Phillies have issued a statement on behalf of Ryan Madson and his wife, arising out of that business in which the Naked Philadelphian blog reported Sarah Madson to have said “I hate fans” and complain about women coming up to Ryan Madson in public: Sarah did not consent to an interview, but rather…

  8. Joe Mauer out of lineup for second straight day, but Twins won’t elaborate on injury

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Drew Butera is starting over Joe Mauer behind the plate for the second straight day and manager Ron Gardenhire would say only that Mauer is “sore.” Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Gardenhire “was very adamant about not telling us more about Mauer’s status’ and “said the Twins will ‘re-evaluate’ the…

  9. Pedro Feliciano is “leaning toward” season-ending surgery

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

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    Today the Yankees announced that Pedro Feliciano has a “torn shoulder capsule” and the left-hander told Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger that he’s “leaning toward” undergoing season-ending surgery. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman criticized the Mets for “abusing” Feliciano by using him 408 times in the past five seasons, including league-leading appearance totals…

  10. Jon Heyman has the most sensible Bonds take I’ve seen all day

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    When I woke up this morning I wouldn’t have guessed that the most sensible, spot-on analysis of the Barry Bonds case and legacy among the big national writers would come from Jon Heyman, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t: Scoundrels and cheats are already in. So are foul-tempered jerks. Bonds may be all three.…

  11. Troy Tulowitzki homers for the 21st time in his last 39 games

    Apr 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki took Mets reliever Bobby Parnell deep this afternoon, giving him six homers through 11 games to begin the season. That’s an absurd pace, but Tulowitzki has actually been homering at that same frequency dating back to last year. Today’s homer against Parnell was his 21st in 39 games since September 3, which would…

  12. ESPN needs to get a better legal expert

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    I have no personal quarrel with ESPN’s Lester Munson. I don’t know his background or his specific area of expertise. I know that when he is asked to explain to lay people the general gist of any legal issue that touches sports he tends to do an OK job.  He’s good at the “OK, what…

  13. Pirates catcher Chris Snyder to come off disabled list today

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    chris-snyder-pirates-spring

    Sidelined since the end of spring training with back soreness, Pirates catcher Chris Snyder is scheduled to return from the disabled list in time for tonight’s game. He’ll take over as Pittsburgh’s primary catcher, pushing Ryan Doumit back into an outfielder/catcher bench role and Jason Jaramillo to Triple-A. Doumit started eight of the first 11…

  14. Baseball to expand the use of instant replay

    Apr 14, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

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    Good news for people who hate bad calls: Major League Baseball is leaning toward expanding replay for the 2012 season to include trapped balls and fair-or-foul rulings down the lines, a person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press.  Major League Baseball is leaning toward expanding replay for the 2012 season to include trapped…

  15. Reds “plan to shut Aroldis Chapman down for a couple days”

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Last night our own Bob Harkins discussed whether or not the Reds should be worried about Aroldis Chapman‘s decreased velocity and apparently the answer is “yes.” Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports via a Reds source that “they plan to shut Aroldis Chapman down for a couple days.” According to Passan they “want to rest…

  16. So the Dodgers can’t throw at guys anymore?

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Buster Posey was plunked twice yesterday and he wasn’t happy about it. Nor would I be, of course. It has to hurt. And if it’s not accidental it’s just lame. I hate plunkings and beanball wars. It’s dangerous stuff and, though it always has been and always will be part of baseball, I wish it…

  17. Chris Young throws bullpen session, set for Sunday start

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Chris Young was scratched from his scheduled Friday start because of biceps tendinitis, but now it looks like his turn in the rotation will merely be pushed back a couple days. Young threw a bullpen session this morning and reported “no problems” while telling Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com that he “felt good.” Barring a last-minute…

  18. HBT Daily: Michael Schur — a/k/a Ken Tremendous — and I talk about the Red Sox

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Michael Schur, creator of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is a big Sox fan. Poor guy.

  19. No. 1 prospect Bryce Harper hits first pro homer at Single-A

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    I wrote yesterday about consensus No. 2 prospect Mike Trout’s hot start at Double-A as a 19-year-old, so it’s only fitting to note that consensus No. 1 prospect Bryce Harper hit his first pro home run last night at Single-A as an 18-year-old. Harper smacked a two-run homer off 19-year-old Astros left-hander Ruben Alaniz. And…

  20. Brian Bannister is AWOL from the Yomiuri Giants

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Weird story involving former Royals pitcher Brian Bannister. Banny left the majors after last season and signed a contract with the Yomiuri Giants of the NPB.  When the earthquake hit he, like a lot of gaijin left Japan to be with their families and get the hell out of the way of rescue and recovery…

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